High cholesterol is one of the most commonly diagnosed medical conditions in the United States, considering there are currently more than 71 million confirmed cases in our country today. There are medications on the market that can be used to treat high cholesterol, but one of the most popular could be putting the health of users at serious risk.
The drug Lipitor® is in a class of drugs called statins that can be used to lower cholesterol levels. The medication generated $2.1 billion in revenue in the United States last year, making it one of the most commonly prescribed medications to treat high cholesterol. What many users didn’t realize though, is that the drug can significantly raise a patient’s chances of developing Type II Diabetes.
Studies have shown taking statins like Lipitor® can increase a user’s glucose levels, driving up the potential for developing diabetes further down the road. A report from Bloomberg Business identified data that shows taking Lipitor® can raise an individual’s risk of developing diabetes by as much as 46 percent.
Despite a known Lipitor® diabetes risk, the drug remains readily available on the market today and continues to put patients’ health in danger.
If you or a loved one have developed diabetes after taking Lipitor®, it’s important to know that you may be entitled to compensation. Speaking with an attorney is the best way to make the determination as to whether or not you qualify and the drug injury attorneys at the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are standing by to assist you. Feel free to reach out to us anytime for a free consultation of your case by calling (800) 477-7315.
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